Jimmy Gatheright was called home at 9 p.m. Thursday, December 27, 2012.
Jimmy was born on April 3, 1945, the son of the late Vernon and Polly Ann Young Gatheright Watkins. He joined Flat Creek Baptist Church at an early age. He lived in Hartford, Conn. for 40 years and moved back to Commerce in April of 2007.
Survivors include his wife of five years, Elaine R. Gatheright, Commerce. In addition to his wife, he leaves to mourn his passing three sons, Eric Gatheright, Commerce, Lemont Lowery, Springfield, Mass., and Jimmy Gatheright Jr., Hartford, Conn.; daughter, Aretha Hill (Silvester), Commerce; three step-children, Keelan Rucker, Commerce, Tiffany Kidd (David), Jefferson, and Roderick Rucker (Theresa), Gainesville; five grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; three sisters, Paulette Smith, Gainesville, Essinlene Watkins and Kathlene Gillespie, both of Athens; three good friends whom he talked with everyday, Nelson, Leroy, and David Rucker; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral service will be held Sunday, December 30, at 2 p.m. from Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Bailey and Rev. Kidd officiating with the interment following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, December 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Little-Ward Funeral Home, Commerce, is in charge of arrangements.